CroMagnon Aquitaine Cranium
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Ligero
Size: 6 Inches
Ring Gauge: 54
Rating: G (Good)
Co-owners Skip Martin and Michael Rosales formed RoMa Craft Tobac in 2012. Both owners had a history in the cigar business but I guess they felt like they would have more success if they combined their talents. I would have to say that it was a smart move given the fact that I never heard of their companies before they created RoMa Craft Tobac together. To be honest, I had not heard of RoMa Craft until my local cigar store employee constantly raved about them. I wish I had taken his suggestion when he gave it to me because I would have more of a baseline regarding their product to give you a review based on the quality of their entire product line. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on the CroMagnon Aquitaine Cranium.
I poured myself a nice glass of John Emerald whiskey and lit the cut the cigar using my Xikar MTC Multi-Tool cutter. I love that cutter because it collapses down nicely and is not cumbersome in my pocket. It also cuts a cigar like you are cutting butter. Some things I noticed before lighting the cigar was that it was constructed very nicely. It had a good feel in the hand with a tight wrap. The draw also very clean.
The first few draws were pretty harsh and extremely strong. I was worried that I was going to have to suffer through smoking this cigar but, fortunately, it eventually mellowed out with a medium body. I noticed that there were some flavors of cocoa and spices, which was not surprising given the dark wrapper. The taste and sensation of the cigar lent itself towards dry and metallic which may sound off-putting but it was balanced nicely with the cocoa and spices.
As I began the second third of the cigar, the body was medium and it slowly transitioned to strong in the latter part of the third. The flavors also changed a bit and I started to detect a little bit of toast and coffee, which gave me an overall taste of sweetness. I was really enjoying the cigar at this point because it was pairing nicely with the whiskey I had and it was not as strong as I originally thought it would be.
The last third of the cigar began to transition like many other cigars do. The body of the cigar was going from mildly strong to strong. It is not uncommon for me to not like the final third. I have only smoked a handful of cigars that did not become harsh. With the body of the cigar becoming more bold, the flavors naturally transitioned to spices, burnt and leather. The overall taste of the cigar was also very dry at this point.
CroMagnon Aquitaine Cranium Overall Impression:
I liked this cigar and would recommend it to people that traditionally like a maduro or darker cigar. I look forward to trying more offerings from RoMa Craft Tobac in the very near future and hope that all their cigars are as well constructed as this one. I would say that this cigar is a must try.